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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

af Michael Wolff

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"The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous -- and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations : What President Trump's staff really thinks of him -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers. Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion" -- Book jacket.… (mere)
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In some ways a scary nightmare, in others a sort of journalism where its very hard to understand where reality begins and fiction ends. Nevertheless an interesting account, where the backdrop of the scene is an elite in crisis in contradictory and at times paradoxical value systems. ( )
  yates9 | Feb 28, 2024 |
While ostensibly about the battle for Donald Trump’s attention, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” takes political gossip and character assassination to a whole new level. Much of the tale comes from the point of view of a Steve Bannon heroically engaged in keeping the “Trump revolution” from coming off the rails even before it gets started.

Bannon’s great skill, in this telling, is to throw a monkey wrench into everything that constitutes good government in the US capital. His principal antagonists are the President’s daughter, Ivanka, whom Bannon calls “dumb as a brick,” and son-in-law Jared Kushner whom he seems to feel is even dumber.

Javanka, as they are now called by pundits, appear to have a liberal, “globalist” agenda, the antithesis of what Bannon considers healthy medicine for the American people. To make America great again, Bannon sees something quite different and he includes in that a complete remaking of the Republican Party, a big-tent Republican Party that includes would-be legislators like Judge Roy Moore of Alabama, white nationalists, and, yes, neo Nazis.

All that is standing in his way according to this book, are principally the President’s children, occasionally the Majority Leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, and a less than assertive Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Not the Democrats. Certainly not the press. Not civil liberties lawyers flooding the courts with injunction requests against the Muslim travel ban. Nor the intransigent governors of blue states like New York or California.

In one of the more memorable scenes for a political biography, one that I probably will never forget, is that of a tearful, inconsolable Melania Trump who had been promised by her husband that he hadn’t a chance in hell of actually getting elected, being told that indeed he will become 45th President of the United States.

Hillary Clinton, no doubt, shed a tear at precisely the same evil moment in time but for a wholly different reason.

What we have learned since is that the American people are probably much safer and better off when Donald Trump is on the golf course only cheating on his golf buddies, not the electorate. When he is nominating caddies, not Supreme Court judges, and when he is plotting chip shots, not nuclear strikes against Kim Jong-un.

We can only hope that he limits his limited attention span to negotiating his friends’ wives into bed, not fanning the passions of Freedom Caucus members of The House of Representatives.

For all this mayhem, I have certainly come to the conclusion that Bannon, for all his warts, may have a point. When the American people poll favourably for health insurance, the Republicans give them higher military spending. When it is obvious that climate change is unravelling civilization, the Republican Party gives them Scott Pruitt. And finally, when the evidence is overwhelming that Americans have transferred untold wealth to the Chinese, Donald Trump pulls the US out of an agreement among China’s competitors to try to level the playing field.

Who are these imbeciles and why have they been inflicted on us all at this particular moment in time?

This week alone I am reading about salmon stocks in the Puget Sound area testing positive for cocaine, antibiotics, and anti-depressants. I am hearing on podcasts about dangerous levels of mercury arising from no longer perma frost, and declining ocean populations of phytoplankton, the organisms largely responsible for regenerating the oxygen we breath.

And the latest outrage: meaningless tax cuts when the US economy sports a tighter than your Auntie Sophie’s jumper labour market. Talk about throwing gas on the fire of inflation.

Come on, America! Your political leaders are feeding you so much that is BS.

You have a corrupt, self-serving administration in power. In power! Many of your electoral districts have been gerrymandered by algorithms wiser even than Facebook.

Vladimir Putin is not your greatest enemy. Not Bashar al Assad. Not ISIS. Or Turkish President Erdogan. Or that creepy, murderous 71-year-old Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Yes. They’re bad.

Maybe Mexican drug cartels.

I digress.

And here is where Donald Trump comes into focus.

The American experiment in government one might say has come full circle. It started with “We, the People,” and concludes with “Me, me, me!”

Donald Trump has every reason to obsess with his celebrity. He is rewarded for it. He is not rewarded for being kind, or patient, or magnanimous. Hillary Clinton wasn’t. Nor, in fact, was Barak Obama.

Can anybody become President? We now have the answer to that question. It doesn’t have to be a Harvard graduate in constitutional law. It can be anybody and a nobody.

The American people have so many histrorical grievances still to address including the patrimony of slavery and the genocide of aboriginal peoples. And it has incredible challenges facing its future, maybe the biggest of which is environmental decline.

When you refocus your attention, you see dawn just over the horizon. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
Fascinating if true; fascinating if not. Falls somewhere between rock solid and completely outrageous. The thing I found most believable is that the author claims to have just gone into the White House and sat down on a couch and stayed there, interviewing and writing, and no one challenged his presence. Given the obvious amateur-hour chaos of this administration, that rings truest of all. Finally, this book needed an editor as badly as any book I have ever read--and THAT is saying something (can someone count how many times the word "quite" appears?!). Shame on the publisher for that piece of cheapskate sloppiness. ( )
  fmclellan | Jan 23, 2024 |
Вот уже полтора года мир просыпается под твиты Д. Трампа и не перестает им удивляться. Неудивительно, что первая же книга, пролившая свет на происходящее в нынешнем Белом Доме и в голове нового президента США, стала глобальным бестселллером. Обольщаться, впрочем, не стоит, потому предсказывать его дальнейшие шаги это чтение не поможет. Члены администрации, инсайдеры, сами разводят руками, цитируя очередной неординарный поступок Трампа. Практически все, решившие войти в команду, столкнулись с тем, что он просто ничего не знает. Не было такой темы, кроме строительства, в которой бы он разбирался, а жизненный и профессиональный опыт его самых доверенных советников, 36-летней дочери Иванки и ее супруга-ровесника, увы, значительно скромнее их самомнения и амбиций. Описываемые очевидцами события вполне тянут на искрометный сериал, одна только его реакция на скандал с российским следом дорогого стоит, но стоит отложить книгу и вспомнить, что это реальность, как становится не до шуток.
  Den85 | Jan 3, 2024 |
I finished our national book club pick of the month! It was ok (which, reminder, is what 2/5 is on GR).
About halfway through, F&F started dragging for me- I think I realized that it's because I'm a news junkie and that through my twitterfeed & podcast intake, I was already aware of the tweet, legislative, and diplomacy blunders of the administration. The main thrust of this book is mostly the power struggle between Jared & Ivanka (or Jarvanka) and Steve Bannon, the New York Democrats vs. the nationalist.

At first, Jarvanka's self-proclaimed liberal leanings baffled me considering their ineptness towards progressive causes, then I recalled that a) it's relative to the people around them and b) family interests certainly compromise any altruistic inclinations they might have.

F&F is very much a 'palace intrigue' kind of book, where Wolff seemingly sat on many couches and at many meals with various staffers, including, ah, some verbal tics from some characters such as Bannon. Reports have criticized material in this as shoddy reporting and yet there's a ring of truthiness to a lot of it, in that nothing really surprises me nor feels super groundbreaking. It might feel novel if you don't follow the news, or if you think the current administration is playing a 4D chess match, but otherwise this is kind of... dull. Maybe it's because the "juicier" bits were mentioned in articles before publication?

Also. I read this as an ebook because it wasn't available anywhere and the library's hold list was >104 people, and after finishing last night, I searched for Tiffany- she's nowhere in the book, as she is in real life. Poor Tiffany... likewise, Melania has maybe a handful of mentions, mostly in the beginning as a nonfigure who was promised DJT wouldn't win, and then drops entirely out of the narrative once the presidency begins. ( )
  Daumari | Dec 28, 2023 |
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Wolff is strongest when he’s writing on what he knows best: the insecurities and ambitions of Trump and other media fixtures. Yet while much of this presidency does revolve around news coverage, it is still a presidency. And Wolff is far weaker when it comes to politics.
 
What ultimately salvages the book are those moments when he all but makes Bannon his co-author, letting Bannon describe West Wing showdowns with his moderate nemesis, Jarvanka, in ways that render this the de facto first insider account of the Trump White House. Of course, the recollections are just those of a single aide, and may include what Trump himself once called examples of “truthful hyperbole.”

In the newspaper business, such stories would be deemed “too good to check.” But given the popularity of “Fire and Fury,” Wolff might call them something else: liberal catnip.
tilføjet af danielx | RedigerNew York Times, Jonathan Martin (Jan 6, 2018)
 
Wolff’s access to Trump and his inner circle is evident. At the outset, Wolff writes of how he sat down with Trump in his Beverly Hills home, while Kushner and Trump aides Hope Hicks and Corey Lewandowski milled about. Likewise, the quotes obviously bespeak knowledge and close proximity.

Unlike Hillary Clinton, Trump represented a movement, and that fact deserved greater elucidation by Wolff. Said differently, among Fire and Fury’s shortcomings are its failure to adequately explain how Trump arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and its insufficient appreciation for the bond forged by Trump and his base. In that sense, the book lacks the connective tissue present in Devil’s Bargain, Joshua Green’s take on the Trump campaign and the first few months of the presidency.

Clearly, Fire and Fury has set off a storm that has left its share of casualties. ... Make no mistake, Wolff’s latest is a must-read. It pulls away whatever curtain still cloaks the Trump White House, leaving those who know Trump best to do the talking.
tilføjet af Cynfelyn | RedigerThe Guardian, Lloyd Green (Jan 5, 2018)
 
Is it accurate? Many details are simply wrong. Whether the larger narrative is true is a different question....A bigger problem with Fire and Fury, however, is that by any standard of sound journalism it has big problems with transparency and sourcing. The people who take time to read the book for themselves will find a devastating portrait of Donald Trump. Trump is portrayed as totally out to lunch, with such a short attention span that he’s incapable of reading policy briefs much less of analyzing a problem or making a well-informed decision. Trump is shown constantly watching cable TV, frustrated and confused by the fact that he doesn’t receive widespread approval. His staff is well aware of his shortcomings and wonders just how long they can continue the illusion that Trump is capable of governing.
tilføjet af danielx | RedigerPolitifact, Angie Holan (Jan 1, 2018)
 
Wolff inevitably likens the Russian cover-up to the skulduggery of Watergate, and briefly updates us on Pissgate and Pussygate – respectively the spurious tale of the golden shower in Moscow, and Trump’s better-authenticated braggadocio about his success as a groper (although, evidently believing that executive privilege protects his mendacity, he now claims that it “really wasn’t me” on that tape).

Fire and Fury also gives the lowdown on the lacquered trompe-l’oeil that is Trump’s hairdo, with those tinted tendrils combed over a cranium that is totally bald and resonantly empty. But beyond such acts of exposure, what makes the book significant is its sly, hilarious portrait of a hollow man, into the black hole of whose needy, greedy ego the whole world has virtually vanished. Wolff deplores Trump, explains the conditions that made him possible, and accuses us all of colluding in this madness.
tilføjet af SnootyBaronet | RedigerThe Guardian, Peter Conrad
 

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"The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous -- and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations : What President Trump's staff really thinks of him -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers. Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion" -- Book jacket.

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